PizzaMatrix - Did you actually direct the above post to a guy who is struggling and frustrated over lost data? The hords of people on this forum are just expecting a miniscule amount of reliability with a device. Most aren’t looking to deploy the proper IT infrastructure protocols to. secure data. Dude, really
Yes I did, because you don’t need a proper IT infrastructure to know that the Oxford Dictionary lists the definition of a backup as:
2 Computing a copy of a file or other item of data made in case the original is lost or damaged: make a backup of any important files [as modifier]: a backup copy.
You can’t blame the drive for a misunderstanding of what a backup is meant to be, at the moment you erase the original files off your computer you automatically and immediately kill the backup, and the drive holding the data will, can and may die at any given moment with no particular reason; it will just die when it feels like it. So making sure your data is safe is your responsibility alone and no one else is to blame.
The reason I replied in such a cold, heartless and distant manner is because the OP makes it sound as if he did nothing wrong and won’t accept responsibility for not having a backup, plus he was sarcastic to Joe_S, who was just trying to help. I have lost data, I cried tears of blood over it, but it was MY fault alone for not making a backup of the data. I can blame the drive or the manufacturer as much as I want for the device failing, but not because of my own irresponsibility with something that is meant to be precious.
I keep four different copies of my data on four different devices from four different brands, and I still don’t feel it’s enough.
I won’t post again on this thead, the OP’s solution is to contact a professional recovery company so they can access the platters to recover the data, and IN THE FUTURE, using a WD drive or not, make sure not to repeat the same mistake. The second you need to erase something off your computer to save space it’s the second you need 2 external drives so you can STILL have a backup. Even burning the data to CD’s/DVD’s is enough to keep things safe until you can get the other drive.